Dear Readers: Some profit-center activities kept me from opining toward the end of last week, so I wanted to take the opportunity to let everyone know that CANTO TALK featured a great review of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, with guest Barry C. Jacobson (fellow SLOB and author at the Deadliest Blogger).
It seems that the leading Communist and Socialist powers would really like another young, inexperienced, and ineffective American President for the next four years: Chavez, Castro, Putin: Four more years!
The latest [dictator] to publicly announce his support for the commander-in-chief’s reelection bid was Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who this week assured he’d vote for Obama if he were from the United States. The America-bashing strongman made the announcement on state-owned television, saying “Obama is a good guy” and that if Obama was from Caracas, he’d surely return the favor by voting for Chavez.
Earlier in the year the government-official daughter of Cuban military dictator Raul Castro proclaimed her country’s support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” Mariela Castro said during a cable news interview. …
That brings us to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has eliminated most elections in his country, monopolized all major media and destroyed the political party system. … In a letter to a major newspaper, the president of a group dedicated to expanding freedom around the world points out that under Putin there has been an “across-the-board crackdown on civil society.” The piece goes on to ask: Will Obama stand up against Putin’s abuses?” Unlikely, now that the Russian dictator has extended his endorsement.
President Vladimir Putin took a leading role in the latest tests of Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal, the most comprehensive since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
The exercises, held mostly on Friday, featured prominently in news reports on state television which seemed aimed to show Russians and the world that Putin is the hands-on chief of a resurgent power.
Do you feel safer now than you did 4 years ago? I will point out that many Democrats are unimpressed:
This history review also got me thinking about what a sad state of affairs our space program has become, especially since President Obama took office and made it a Muslim reach-out program. For example, our American astronauts are forced to fly Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the space station.
Recently, Lipstick Underground had a great piece about how a vibrant space program brings the country together, which she penned after seeing the Endeavor park in front of its new museum location in Los Angeles:
The moment we got out on foot it was obvious the 100 mile trip was more than worth the $5/gallon gas and unfinished errands I left at home. Sure we could have just waited for the museum to open later this month. But the genuine excitement in the air was electric. This is a region of LA that has seen tough times in the past…that has a stigma of being much rougher and more dangerous than it really is. If it had not been the most direct route from the airport to the Science Center, it might not have been chosen by city leaders for this historic journey.
But it was.
And that made all the difference in the world.
These communities were trusted with the privilege of escorting a piece of living history to it’s final resting place…and they made absolutely sure it was the best choice the city and NASA could have possibly made. Anyone too nervous to head to the area out of fear of the unknown missed one of THE GREATEST days in LA history. Period.
And anyone who thinks the space program doesn’t matter, that it’s a waste of money, doesn’t know jack squat. When one of the most economically challenged communities in America, a community that one would expect would want tax dollars spend on domestic, not space programs, rolls out the red carpet and shows reverence for the Space Shuttle and the astronauts in-tow, it means that people really can be inspired…even unified, by profound acts of faith and courage.
Kids with Space Shuttle toys. Homemade t-shirts to commemorate the event. Every piece of electronic recording device known to man. Gasps and applause at first sightings. Strangers making sure kids got best viewing.
No one argued when they had to give up their long claimed ‘spots’ when organizers warned they were in unsafe locations.
We were on an elevated side street and the port wing passed close enough to touch…but nobody did. Not the families with excited kids, not the gang bangers, not the space geeks, not the photography junkies. The shuttle belongs to all of us and that is how everyone treated it.
Proud. Excited. Welcoming. Considerate. Joyful.
Granted, there is a good case that privatizing aspects of the space program is fiscally sensible. However, it is clear that President Obama has pretty much downsized everything over the past 4 years — including American prestige.
I think the voters are going to choose an upgrade in just a little more than 2 weeks. And with over 10,000 supporters showing up for a rally in the “swing state” of Florida, I think Americans are going to make a change that is going to be a big kick-in-the-posterior to those who want to keep us down!